Kiwi Dreaming 2024

30 May 2024
Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland | Aotea Centre
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Take a look at our jam-packed agenda for Kiwi Dreaming 2024!

We have several breakout tracks, with a variety of speakers in each. Times may still change slightly, but this is a starting guide, so you can see the awesome line-up of speakers and subjects that we have planned for the day! We'll fill in more details such as specific room locations closer to the event date.

We also have a dedicated workshop break-out track, with some amazing hands-on and interactive sessions. Bring your laptop and your opinions, and get ready to discuss and participate!

The Trailhead breakout corner also has a selection of "ask me anything" style sessions, as well as providing a space for informal discussions and 1:1's with luminaries in the Salesforce ohana. Check out the amazing line-up of speakers who have graciously provided their time, and go book a 1:1 by emailing Jo... time's running out!

breakout session tracks

  1. 8:15am - 9:10am

    8:15am: Go with the Flow: Mia Pacey - Australian Olympic Committee
    8:15am: Hidden Gems of NPSP: Charles Thompson - Salesforce
    8:45am: Patterns and Anti-Patterns for Developers: Avinash Vatsya - Merkle

  2. 9:15am - 10:00am

    9:05am: Winning over hearts and Minds: How Candour/Kindness are vital to succeed with SF:
    Stefan Panzer - CRMIT
    9:15am: Salesforce Well Architected Framework: Charlotte Hailey - Salesforce

  3. 10:00am - 10:30am

    Morning Break

  4. 10:30am - 10:55am

    Don't Panic! The Admins Guide to Backup: Mark Barcham - Merkle
    Demystify Salesforce DevOps Center: Hamza Siddiqui - Datacom

  5. 11:00am - 11:45am

    A Stealthy Revolution - Make your record pages dazzle: Charles Thompson - Salesforce
    Think Like a Hacker - Dev Techniques nobody teaches you:
    Alex Waleczek - Auckland Tableau UG Leader

  6. 11:45am - 1:00pm

    Main Keynote:
    Stephen & Jo, Kiwi Dreaming
    Marie-Eve Bacon, Salesforce Aotearoa
    Naga Kiran Manyala, Salesforce Developer Relations
    Dr Julian Seidenberg, Head of AI, Narrative Ltd & Head of AI, Datch Ltd

  7. 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Lunch, Sponsored by OneMerge

  8. 1:45pm - 2:15pm

    Embrace Change as a Salesforce Professional: Bill Wu - Smartapps
    Bring Your AI Models to Data Cloud: David Norris - Salesforce

  9. 2:20pm - 3:10pm

    The Business Case for Salesforce: How to get your Project Approved: Justin Lanigan - LavaBox
    Automating my job using Einstein AI: Janine Eastwood - Deloitte

  10. 3:15pm - 3:45pm

    Afternoon Break

  11. 3:45pm - 5:30pm

    3:45pm: Proving your Recovery Plan: Adam Walker - Odaseva
    4:15pm: The Art of Success: Transforming Tech Projects Into Business Triumphs: Rebecca Aichholzer, Customer Success Consultant - VISEO
    5:00pm: Accessibility Matters: Catherine Hewetson and Alexia Slaven - Merkle

    3:45pm: Where do we even start? The intersection of Agile, UX and SF: Erin Soo Kee - GravityLab
    4:35pm: You Thought you needed code for Integrations? Probably can do It in Flow: Stephen Stanley - Goodcloud.Team

  12. 5:30pm

    Wrap Up & Networking Drinks, sponsored by Datacom

workshop sessions

hands-on workshop sessions - bring your laptop!
times are still tbc
  1. 8:15am - 9:10am


  2. 9:10am - 10:00am

    Architect An Automated Salesforce Solution: Vickie Jeffrey & Rebecca Aichholzer

  3. 10:00am - 10:30am

    Morning Break

  4. 10:30am - 11:15am

    Apex: What's new and what's coming: Daniel Ballinger, Salesforce

  5. 11:15am - 11:45am

    Q&A/AMA with the Salesforce Trailblazer Relations team

  6. 11:45am - 1:00pm

    Main Keynote (Hunua Room)

  7. 1:00pm - 1:45pm

    Lunch, Sponsored by OneMerge

  8. 1:45pm - 2:15pm

    Intro to Prompt Engineering and Einstein 1 Studio: Mia Pacey & Salesforce Trailblazer Relations team

  9. 2:20pm - 3:10pm

    Hands-on: Prompt Builder Workshop: Salesforce Trailblazer Relations team

  10. 3:15pm - 3:45pm

    Afternoon Break

  11. 3:50pm - 4:35pm

    Hands-On: Copilot Workshop: Salesforce Trailblazer Relations team

  12. 4:40pm - 5:30pm

    Data Cloud Deep Dive: An end-end implementation story: Satya Sekhar Chegondi, Lead Developer Advocate, Salesforce

  13. 5:30pm

    Wrap Up & Networking Drinks, sponsored by Datacom

Trailhead ako wāhi/learning corner

learn & complete trailhead badges, and talk 1:1 with some of the luminaries in the salesforce community!
To book a 1:1 with any of our amazing speakers, email
  1. 10:30am: Take your career to the next level - Marc Baizman, Salesforce

    1:45pm: What do you want to know about CRMA & Tableau? Alexander Waleczek, Auckland Tableau User Group Leader

    3:45pm: Five Ways to Take Action with Data Cloud - David Norris, Salesforce

    Book a 20min 1:1 with any of the following - email to schedule

    • Dave Norris, Developer Advocate, Salesforce: Data Cloud: Ask me anything. What is it? Why do we need it? How does it work? What does it do? - Or just come and say Hi - either way I get to meet someone new.

      Certified Technical Architect: Ask me anything. What is it? Why do we need it? How did you prepare? What types of subjects does it cover? What coffee is best to drink? - and other questions answered.
    • Aditya Naag Topalli, Lead Developer Advocate, Salesforce:
    • Bill Wu, Consultant, Seisma (Smartapps): Got into Salesforce ecosystem from non-tech background, and loved it, happy to answer questions about progressing in this world.
    • Vickie Jeffery, Head of Technology, Ausure:
    • Avinash Vatsya, Salesforce Technical Consultant, Merkle Aotearoa: Anything in Salesforce, preference is Non-profit/impact driven/motorship.
    • Mark Barcham, Manager Consultant, Managed Services, Merkle Aotearoa: Ask me anything about Managed Services, backups, or even how to get into Salesforce Administration.
    • Daniel Ballinger, Product Manager Director for Apex, Salesforce: Anything and everything Apex.
    • Marie-Eve Bacon, Regional Sales Director, Salesforce: I'm genuinely excited to meet fresh perspectives and exchange thoughts on your current interests. Feel free to schedule a chat where we can explore your ideas and/or challenges together.
    • Charlotte Hailey (she/her), Senior Manager, Technical Consulting, Salesforce: Worried your Salesforce implementation might not meet the Salesforce Well Architected framework standards?  Come chat with me to discuss your most pressing concerns and get insight into 'what next' to get back on track.
    • Charles Thompson, Senior Program Architect, Salesforce: Got questions on NPSP or Nonprofit Cloud (NPC)?  I might have the answers!
    • Stephen Stanley, Founder, GoodCloud.Team: If you attended Kiwi Dreaming in 2023 and missed the "Ask Stephen Anything" session, then, this is not something you'll want to miss out on.
    • Hamza Siddiqui, Technical Architect, Datacom Systems Ltd.: I have been mentoring trailblazers around the globe with their careers in Salesforce. Feel free to book 1:1 session with me along with all your questions either technical or basic.
    • Satya Sekhar Chegondi, Lead Developer Advocate, Salesforce: All things about Einstein 1 Studio, Data Cloud, and Developer Tools.
    • Naga Kiran Manyala, Head of Technical Audience Relations, APAC, Salesforce: How to build your brand in Tech Communities?
    • Justin Lanigan, Managing Director, LavaBox: How to create a credible ROI model & business case to ensure your Salesforce project gets approved and funded.
    • Alex Waleczek, Analytics Consultant, Vizku: Get in touch with Alex if you or your organisation has a data/reporting problem. He will be happy to point in the right direction and maybe even provide a possible solution.
    • Mia Pacey, Senior Salesforce Functional Consultant, Australian Olympic Committee : Can help solo Admins or non profit orgs understand all the things Salesforce.
    • Erin Soo Kee, Head of Customer Strategy, GravityLab: coaching and guidance on building and leading high-performing, self-managing teams;
      coaching and guidance on leveraging tools and techniques from product and ux fields for successful Salesforce project delivery

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